If there’s one area in which I practice what I preach it’s that everyday I do something I’m not totally comfortable with. Even after 122 days of blogging, I still get slightly nervous when I share my writing - but that’s the real reason I do it. Not because I think I’m a great writer. (I wouldn’t even say I’m passionate about it.) But because I really understand the value in doing it, and it also scares me a little. When I started the 30 day blog challenge with Praxis, I started early because I didn’t know what I was doing. I'm not as confident in my writing skills as I'd like to be, but I know why I do it daily.
Writing for one-hundred days has been both life-changing and in many ways eye-opening. Giving myself only about thirty minutes before midnight helped me realize what ideas matter most to me. The time crunch helped me become more disciplined, creative, and it’s forced me to gush out whatever is truly on my mind. In a way, it’s been a blessing and a curse. It’s been one-hundred days of publicly sharing progress, but it’s also been one-hundred days of failure, and fighting. And lots of coffee.
Most days, I don’t start writing until it’s close to midnight. That’s a choice that I make in order to force myself to stay focused and get the task done. Putting myself under the pressures of a time crunch actually benefits me in some ways that you may not expect. For one, I’m forcing myself to express what’s truly on my mind. Whatever’s truly on my mind will flow easily, and forces me to become much more open with my readers.
Module 3, week 4.
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, this month of Praxis is all about writing. Blogging, technique, value propositions, and now marketing copy.
I found a website with a marketing copy that I thought could be improved. Here’s the video of me critiquing it:
Praxis has me doing things that in the past I never thought I'd be doing. This blog, my YouTube channel, even some things in music and photography. The list could go on and on, but this month I've been focusing on my writing more than anything else. This week it's been mainly writing professionally, so, today I'm sharing an example of how I'm practicing writing value propositions. It's just for practice, but it's my goal to be open about what I learn.
Alright, it’s time to fess up. The past few days my posts weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. I meant everything I said so it’s not like I’m lying or making anything up, but I don’t want to treat this blog like some kind of diary. Yes, I want to be open, honest, and encouraging to others, but I also want to force myself to be more creative. I want to put more helpful information out there and even on days when I don’t feel like it, I want to do my best to push myself. I don’t ever want my mood to get in the way of publishing good posts. So, here we go. Here’s some ideas for what to write when you find yourself in the same situation.
I always hated writing. My whole life I avoided writing as much as possible. My poor dad heard me whine and complain every time I received a writing assignment. (He got even more lip from me if he was the one assigning.) Writing was never my thing and I was convinced it was from Satan himself. I loved reading, learning, and researching, but I never cared about writing - it always felt like a waste of time. I always knew writing was important but I never had the right perspective and never gave it my all.
Dear Writer's Block,
It's been far too long since our last conversation. I'm sorry to hear you've been struggling lately as Trinity has a lot on her mind. Did you hear the news? She's been accepted into Praxis and she's already in the first month of the program! She's learning so much from her advisors and the other Praxians. Although, you must have known. Had you not, I'd imagine you'd write more often.